Amid speculation over what will come next for the pair, Twitter exploded with users claiming the Duchess will star as herself in the upcoming seasons of The Crown.
The Netflix series chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the Forties to modern times, with all the scandal, drama and highlights from the monarchy in recent history played out on screen.
Headlines: The news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping back from their senior roles in the Royal Family has spurred a series of hilarious memes
Twitter users pointed out that with Meghan’s acting history – having starred in Suits – she could audition to play herself in The Crown.
Imagining what the future could hold for the American Duchess, fans penned: ‘Hang on, this means Meghan can play Meghan in The Crown, doesn’t it?’
‘Can’t wait for season 6 of The Crown, in which Meghan could play herself.’; ‘Meghan should troll everyone by playing herself in the final season of The Crown.’; ‘All this just so Meghan can play herself in series 7 of The Crown.’
Hilarious: Twitter users pointed out that with Meghan’s acting history – having starred in Suits – she could audition to play herself in The Crown
One to watch: The Crown is on its third series, and is following the Queen’s rule across the 1960s and 1970s. Olivia Colman took over the lead role from Claire Foy, with Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzes playing Prince Philip
‘Season 6 of the Crown is going to be WILD, Meghan Markle plays Meghan Markle’; ‘The Crown season 8 sets Selena Gomez as Meghan Markle.’; ‘the script for the crown basically writes itself at this point lmao meghan is a G’
‘So will Meghan Markle just play herself when Netflix gets to this episode of The Crown?’; ‘live footage of meghan accepting her emmy for playing herself in the crown season 239848343473843’
‘can’t wait for an episode of The Crown on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s step down’; ‘The Crown’s writers after Meghan and Harry’s news:
‘Well, at least today’s news frees Meghan up to play herself in The Crown. #HarryAndMeghan’; ‘I’m obsessed with all the Meghan/The Crown tweets’; ‘Are we gonna see Meghan on s4 #TheCrown now that she needs to provide the [cash]
‘Reserving judgment or opinion on this Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dealie until I see it in #TheCrown season 6’; ‘meghan markle in 2027 when she wins an emmy for playing herself in the crown season 8 episode about today [sic]’.
One to watch: Twitter users claimed that The Crown writers would be going into meltdown working on the new script following the shock news
Despite pleas from fans, an executive producer on The Crown has said it’s unlikely the show will ever cover Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down, as the show will probably conclude before then.
Suzanne Mackie told PA: ‘To be honest, whatever the life of The Crown is after where we are now, I doubt we’ll ever go as far into the present day.’
The Crown is currently on its third series, and is following the Queen’s rule across the 1960s and 1970s.
Olivia Colman took over the lead role from Claire Foy, with Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzes playing Prince Philip.
The upcoming season of The Crown, which is expected to air later this year will follow Prince Charles and Camilla’s love affair.
The controversial series will star Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, and will follow the events from 1977 to 1990, undoubtedly one of the most controversial periods for the monarchy, as it saw Charles and Diana divorce, and the Prince start up a relationship with Camilla.
The first series of The Crown was one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of 2016 – winning two Golden Globes and two SAG awards, and being nominated for four BAFTAs.
The show is the most expensive television series ever made – with the first series costing $100million.
Can’t wait: Fans of The Crown will have to wait until the timeline of the show reaches modern times. It is currently focusing on the Sixties
Harry and Meghan ‘pressed the nuclear button’ on their royal careers by announcing they are quitting their frontline roles on Wednesday night.
Their dramatic decision was taken without the knowledge of the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William, who learnt about the announcement as it broke on television news channels.
The couple, who plan to split their time between Britain and North America, made the bombshell announcement just days after returning from a six-week break in Canada.
A senior royal source said the Queen and her family were ‘deeply disappointed’. Another said the royals were ‘shocked, saddened and downright furious’ at the couple.
In their extraordinary statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they wanted to ‘carve out a progressive new role’ and ‘step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family’.
They said they wanted to balance their time between the UK and North America, ‘continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages’.
The Mail understands that the couple raised their desire to seek out a new life a week ago and family members agreed to work with them in making it possible.
But hours after they had visited the Canadian High Commission in London to thank them for their recent hospitality, the pair decided to go public with their decision – pressing the nuclear button, as one source described it.
Negotiations are at such an early stage that the couple still have no idea where they are going to live in North America, although Canada is clearly the favoured option.
Secret: Harry and Meghan’s dramatic decision was taken without the knowledge of the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William. Pictured with Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
Harry and Meghan have, in the words of one aide, ‘no clue’ as to how they will become financially independent – although for the moment are insisting they will continue to take money from the Prince of Wales to fund their official work.
Royals who have tried to go down this route include the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who were forced to give up their television production and PR careers after a series of scandals.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who famously said they would go anywhere for a hot meal, and the Duchess of York, who made a string of disastrous business deals that led her to bankruptcy, have learned to their cost that it can be perilous balancing their privileged royal status with business matters.
Harry and Meghan have made no mention of giving up their royal titles or status and insist they will keep Frogmore Cottage, the home that was done up for them with £2.4million of public money.
They will also keep their state-funded Metropolitan Police protection officers.
Disappointing: A senior royal source said the Queen and her family were ‘deeply disappointed’. Another said the royals were ‘shocked, saddened and downright furious’ at the couple
While it’s not clear just where the couple might settle down, there’s widespread speculation Prince Harry and Meghan may live in the west.
If they do put down roots in Canada it would likely be in Toronto, where Meghan lived for seven years while filming Suits and where she and Harry fell in love. She has often referred to Canada as her ‘second home’ after Britain.
Or they could go to Vancouver, where they spent Christmas at a lavish $14million mansion.
Stateside, the top contender would be Los Angeles, where Meghan was born and her mother, Doria Ragland, still lives.
Another option would be New York City, where many of the couple’s close friends live and the site of Meghan’s baby shower last year.
Harry and Meghan will be holding onto Frogmore Cottage, their current home in Windsor, England. The couple recently spent more than $3million of taxpayers’ money refurbishing the home, which was a gift from the Queen.